Nepal Experience May, 2017.

A huge part of Nepali life is based in the Himalayas. Locals don’t just gaze at the mountains from the distance, they actually live in small communities dotted up and down the mountain-side.

Trekking in Nepal is about more than just the nature or scenery, it’s also the only way you’ll get up close to their local culture. On the trek, you can observe their daily life, as villagers walk the same paths and climb the same stairs.

From Pokhara, we drove to Nayapul, and then hiked a circuit up to Ghorepani. We then hiked back down via Ghandruk, before driving back from Nayapul to Pokhara.

The walk itself is beautiful, and follows part of the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route. Views range from farms to terraced rice fields, waterfalls, gorges, and forests. We had a few good mountain views along the way, the clouds unfortunately covered them most of the time.

The absolute highlight of the journey was the side trip to Poon Hill.  There, at 10,230 feet in elevation, you’ll have 360-degree views of the surrounding snow capped mountains.

You can see Annapurna (26,545 feet), Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Macchupucchare (better known as Fish Tail).  The views are stunning enough to justify a 4:30 am wake-up call and a tough climb.